Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Locked Away

I have been in a creative slump lately. We will blame the weather here in cold and snowy Western New York. Have to blame something. It's certainly not my fault! Yesterday I decided enough was enough, and I had to get back into the studio and work. The 3 pieces you see above are the results.
The first picture is of a hand wrapped and hammered Copper bracelet. I've seen similar bracelets and wanted to try my hand at making one. It came out quite nicely, if I do say so myself.
The second item is a piece of blue glass that I purchased from a little boy selling beach glass. It is quite large for beach glass, but who is going to question a cute little kid? He said he combs the beaches of Lake Erie for stuff to sell. I bought quite a few of his glass pieces. This one turned into quite a nice pendant with the addition of a little Copper.
The third photo is my favorite. I know exactly where this piece came from. I picked it out of an old dumping sight on our land. Our sandy soil and years of rain have worn it down, but it is still so pretty I thought it deserved a bit more life. It is wire wrapped in Sterling Silver.
All three pieces can be purchased from our Etsy shop. The link is to the right.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Colors of Africa

My nephew, Aaron is working in Africa. I was inspired by some of the pictures he sent. My mind when completely devoid of beading ideas the other day. I started thinking "out of the box" trying to come up with something I don't normally make. These beaded beads are what I came up with. They have a large center hole, so they can be strung on ribbon, or twine, or hair for that matter. I just loved using some of the colors in Aaron's pictures. It was like coloring with crayons again! I hope you like them. They were fun to make.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Newest Necklace

Black, Peach and Rose Gemstone Donut Wire Wrapped Pendant with Matching Necklace
This stone donut was given to me and while I do not know what stone it is, I do know it is beautiful. Deep rose and pink patches swirl amid a black background.The pendant was created using this stone, 2 Czech fire polished beads and a black square stone. All components were wire wrapped together using Sterling Silver wire. Similar Sterling wire was used to make the hand created clasp.
The necklace is a 17 inch choker made of thousands of seed beads in a modified Cellini spiral. Peach, rose and black beads were used to match the donut colors.The pendant alone measures 1 7/8 x 4 3/4 inches.
I had a lot of fun creating this piece. As usual, it took me longer to decided on the components and design than it actually took to make. Matching the colors in this beautiful stone was a challenge but I think I met it.

Reached 1000 Hearts!

We made our goal of 1000 Etsy hearts! The lucky winner will receive their choice from our birthstone bracelets.

Thanks to all of you who have added us to your favorite's list.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Nearing 1000 Etsy Hearts

Hey folks - if you want a chance to win one of my Birthstone bracelets be sure to stop by my Etsy page and try to be the 1000th heart I receive. It is getting closer!


New Camera - New Pictures

After years and years of making do with a so-so camera, it finally bit the dust. I was therefore forced into buying a new one. Having promised myself a good camera this time, I bought a Sony Cyber-Shot. Now my problem is I have way more camera than I need! I am in the learing process, so be patient with me. I promise amazing pictures to follow soon!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

884 And Counting

Wow - My Esty shop is up to 884 hearts. That means at least 884 folks have taken a peek at my jewelry!

Here is the good part - Be the 1000th heart I receive and I will send you a special gift of one of my birthstone sprial bracelets in the month of your choice. If you are the 1000th person to heart my page on Etsy AND you have left a comment here on my blog I will also send my choice of a pair of earrings. So folks - go ahead and take a peek and see if you can be the winner!


Good Luck!!!